(Slay News) – Dem Rep from California Adam Schiff trashed President Joe Biden today after Joe caved and went back on his pledge to treat Saudia Arabia’s new ruler, MBS, as a pariah.
But Joe needs oil and even though the Saudis did not promise more output Joe still bent the knee, or in this case, gave Mohammed bin Salman a fistbump and then sat for pictures with the ‘pariah.’
Adam Schiff was not happy and said: “If we ever needed a visual reminder of the continuing grip oil-rich autocrats have on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, we got it today. One fist bump is worth a thousand words.”
Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz said Biden’s cave was a betrayal posting on social media: “What Jamal Khashoggi would tweet today: “The blood of MBS’s next victim is on your hands.”
Biden was asked about the widow during a press conference and he said awkwardly:
If we ever needed a visual reminder of the continuing grip oil-rich autocrats have on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, we got it today.
One fist bump is worth a thousand words.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 15, 2022
“I’m sorry she feels that way.
“I was straightforward back then, I was straightforward today.
“This is a meeting, what I, I didn’t come here to meet the crown prince.
“I came here to meet the GCC, the nine nations, to deal with the security and the needs of the free world, particularly the United States, and not leave a vacuum here, which was happening as it has in other parts of the world.”
The Washington Post publisher and CEO Fred Ryan called out Biden in a statement:
“The fist bump between President Biden and Mohammed bin Salman was worse than a handshake – it was shameful.
“It projected a level of intimacy and comfort that delivers to MBS the unwarranted redemption he has been desperately seeking.”
What Jamal Khashoggi would tweet today: pic.twitter.com/Gv4Up7TLgd
— Hatice Cengiz / خديجة (@mercan_resifi) July 15, 2022
— Kristine Coratti Kelly (@kriscoratti) July 15, 2022